tooth·​fish | \ ˈtüth-ˌfish How to pronounce toothfish (audio) \
plural toothfish or toothfishes

Definition of toothfish

: either of two large marine food fishes (genus Dissostichus of the family Nototheniidae) found especially in antarctic and subantarctic waters:

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Recent Examples on the Web The toothfish is an even trickier case because so much of its population lives outside the domain of any country. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Hunt for the Modern-Day Pirates Who Steal Millions of Tons of Fish From the Seas," 21 Aug. 2020 Some fishing already occurred there for Antarctic toothfish, a predatory fish that is sold as the highly prized Chilean sea bass. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "World's Largest Marine Reserve Created Off Antarctica," 28 Oct. 2016

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1997, in the meaning defined above

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“Toothfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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